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  • Full cheek eggbutt 3 piece snaffle
  • I would like to change my horses dutch gag to an egbutt snaffle

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    01-11-2012, 07:14 AM
  #11
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Originally Posted by RebeccaMI    
I'm almost afraid to ask what she does to indicate her dislike of a certain pad...
Bucked me off. :) Although it was years ago.
     
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    01-11-2012, 07:19 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by RebeccaMI    
I guess what I maybe should have asked was this: Most riders I know, myself included, own more than one bit. A horse might be comfortable with all of them and will show that by salivating, giving to the bit, and generally being responsive. However, I'm curious if horses prefer one bit over another the way people prefer different brands of athletic shoes or different types of toothbrushes. How do you judge which bit is your horse's favorite, if he/she has a favorite?
To answer more deep... My paint is OK with all bits I tried on her. The difference indeed in salvation and how much she "gives" to the bit. Recently I switched to the same mouthpiece I use on my qh, just loose rings (my qh only goes in eggbutt as loose rings drove her crazy), and I can tell she salivates much more than she used to in her old (pricey KK Ultra) bit.

I'm curious, folks, why do you need to use different bits? I'm not talking about very advanced horses that need, say, double bridle.
     
    01-11-2012, 07:21 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Its like how you feel in a good pair of shoes, relaxed, willing to walk 100miles and happy.

Slobbery, soft in the hands, responsive to my aids and willing to accept it whilst bridling ;D

And Val.. I haven't had that sort of problems.. your horse has an expensive habit!..."No... I don't want hush puppies, I want jimmy choos!"
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    01-11-2012, 07:23 AM
  #14
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    

I'm curious, folks, why do you need to use different bits? I'm not talking about very advanced horses that need, say, double bridle.
I had my old man in a snaffle, and it just wasn't working. We changed from a wider snaffle to a thinner one. Its not till someone tells you something that you realise you maybe should have thought about that.. he didn't have room for a chunky bit in his mouth anymore!

And Duffy I have a double broken snaffle with loose rings, thinking of changing to a D ring snaffle however as she does this horrid crasking thing with the double broken, and I prefer D rings.. she no longer leans on me, so that's a bonus haha!
     
    01-11-2012, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
And Val.. I haven't had that sort of problems.. your horse has an expensive habit!..."No... I don't want hush puppies, I want jimmy choos!"
Yes, that was a true pain in rear. She doesn't like loose rings, rollers, etc. Eggbutt with oval mouth is her bit of choice. She also has shaking head problem because of the bugs and pollen, so has to be ridden in nose net March through Nov (plus I got a letter from my vet for the shows if she needs one on :) ).
     
    01-11-2012, 07:32 AM
  #16
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
I had my old man in a snaffle, and it just wasn't working. We changed from a wider snaffle to a thinner one. Its not till someone tells you something that you realise you maybe should have thought about that.. he didn't have room for a chunky bit in his mouth anymore!

And Duffy I have a double broken snaffle with loose rings, thinking of changing to a D ring snaffle however as she does this horrid crasking thing with the double broken, and I prefer D rings.. she no longer leans on me, so that's a bonus haha!
Duffy, I understand you may keep changing bits on road (I started with sidepull -> french mouth -> oval mouth I use currently). But I know some people have, say, 5 totally different bits they are using depending on day/mood. So I wonder what's the reason for that.
     
    01-11-2012, 07:35 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Oh, right!

Apologies.

No, I have no idea.. I know some people on my yard change from snaffle to dutch gag to jump in? I suppose for more control??

Will be interesting to see though!
     
    01-11-2012, 10:49 AM
  #18
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Duffy, I understand you may keep changing bits on road (I started with sidepull -> french mouth -> oval mouth I use currently). But I know some people have, say, 5 totally different bits they are using depending on day/mood. So I wonder what's the reason for that.
A friend of mine is an eventer, so she will use a different bit depending on the discipline in which she's competing at whatever time. For dressage I think she uses a fat eggbutt snaffle like this:



And for XC I think she uses a full cheek snaffle like this:



And for stadium I'm not sure what she uses. But the reason for switching in her case is that the different bits work better in her experience depending on what the horse is doing. For example, her gelding responds and listens to her better in the fat eggbutt during a dressage test than he did in a snaffle that wasn't as fat. And I think the reason behind the full cheek snaffle for XC is that the cheek pieces make it pretty much impossible to pull the bit through the horse's mouth if something goes horribly wrong.

But yeah I don't know either about switching bits just depending on mood. I own like four bits but I usually use the same one all the time because I'm too lazy to switch 'em out before I go for a ride! LOL
     
    01-11-2012, 11:31 AM
  #19
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^^ Yes, that makes sense. From what I've heard number of eventers do that, not something uncommon.
     
    01-11-2012, 12:16 PM
  #20
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I use two different bits depending on the activity for the day as well. :) I have a nice full cheek snaffle like the one pictured above for when I wanna work on trying this whole collection thing ( We're working on it.), or when the kids ride. But when Indie and I just do trails we have a mechanical hackamore. Indie is pretty clear when I try a bit she doesn't like, she fights against it and resists the cues. Happened when I was trying a couple curb bits before I finally tried the snaffle she loves so much.
     

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